According to records, there has been a notable increase of 58.6%, with the number rising from 64,387 candidates in the July-August series to 102,132 candidates.
Onesmus Oyesigye, the Executive Secretary of UBTEB.
Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) has reported a
remarkable surge in the number of registered candidates for the
November-December 2023 assessment series.
to records, there has been a notable increase of 58.6%, with the number rising
from 64,387 candidates in the July-August series to 102,132 candidates.
is the highest number of candidates registered. this is a positive growth in the number
of candidates that enroll for TVET institutions in Uganda. the girl child numbers have
(also) continued to show a positive trend,” a statement from UBTEB reads in part.
The Deputy Executive Secretary
of UBTEB, Dr. Wilfred Nahamya, attributed the substantial increase in candidate
numbers to three primary factors. First, he pointed to sector reforms
introducing modularized assessments, allowing students to engage in flexible
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In 2022, UBTEB implemented
modular assessments, enabling learners to progress at their own pace and return
to complete additional modules when they are ready, even after entering the
workforce. Successful completion of each module results in the award of a
certificate of competence in the specific skill trained.
Additionally, Dr. Nahamya
highlighted the Ministry of Education's introduction of a decentralized
admission system, bringing admission to TVET institutions closer to regions.
This has made TVET education more popular, especially compared to the previous
centralized system based in Kampala, which had limited interest.
Dr. Nahamya also noted a
growing appreciation for TVET courses, which were previously perceived as
options for students who did not excel academically. He sees this as a positive
shift in perspective, with parents and children now prioritizing skills over
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Onesimus Oyesigye, the
UBTEB Executive Secretary, announced that the registered candidates will be
taking their November-December 2023 assessments in two phases. The first phase
is set to commence on November 20, and the second group will initiate their
examinations on December 1, 2023.
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In a bid to enhance inclusive
education, the board has registered a total of 481 candidates with special
needs pursuing various TVET professions. Ninety-five of these candidates will
require special attention, including extra time and support personnel to assist
them during their respective assessments.
To ensure the vigilance and
security of the examinations, the board has deployed 750 reconnaissance
personnel for all phases of the examinations. Given the practical and hands-on
assessment of some modules, they have also deployed 2,685 practice assessors
and verifiers to conduct on-the-spot assessments of candidates in all
respective fields of study.